Inefficient energy, has been reported to be the source of over 600,000 deaths of African children and women.
In this article we will consider, how the inadequacies in energy supply has continually resulted to death of Africans, and what can be done about it.
It not news that African countries such as Nigeria has an epileptic power supply which impact negatively on the various business activities in the country and the continent at large.
Worse yet, the inefficient energy in Africa has made thousands of African Women and children to pay the ultimate price.
Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy at the African Union Commission (AUC) said the following words in a webinar with the theme: “Empowering Women in the Energy Sector in Africa”.
“It is really tragic that we are in 21st Century and there are more than 800,000 Africans who do not have access to clean cooking fuel and depend on charcoal and wood for cooking and heating needs, the majority of whom are women”Dr Amani Abou-Zeid
Let us now consider IEA African energy analysis.
Electricity demand in Africa today is 700 terawatt-hours (TWh), with the North African economies and South Africa accounting for over 70% of the total. Yet it is the other sub-Saharan Africa countries that see the fastest growth to 2040.for a much more robust analysis follow this link
so what becomes of other non-sub-saharan countries?
death due to Inefficient energy and the way forward
Firewood is a customary source of fuel in Africa, it has hurt the sight of many women and children, Firewood and other inefficient energy sources has also resulted to the loss of many lives.
Some 600,000 women and children die annually in Africa due to use of inefficient energy sources.
what could be done?
In her remarks Dr Amani Abou-Zeid went further to say that more than 600 million Africans has no access to electricity.
Because of this, many women and children spend time collecting other sources of inefficient energy, this lost time could have been utilized for something else.
Women Empowerment the key to death reduction
The webinar which was entitled: Empowering Women in the Energy Sector in Africa, stressed the need for women empowerment.
If women are empowered their income will significantly increase, this will generate opportunities and the end result will be a reduction in poverty.
Empowered women will have access to cleaner fuel and better food, which will promote their social and economic wellbeing.
Women avoid building expertise in energy sector value chain because the knowledge, science and engineering in this sector is traditionally seen as a preserve of men,’ she said.
She called on governments and development partners to offer girls scholarships and bursaries as incentives to high uptake of energy-related courses.
“Women need to be encouraged, in big numbers, to build their skills in science, technology and engineering. Create awareness that the energy sector is not a preserve of men,’ she said
The availability of industries in rural areas helps to reduce migration from rural to urban areas.
This is so because industrialization provides employment, and employments provides that which is needed to raise the standard of living.
An employed woman will look to cleaner and affordable sources of energy, and will not spend much time in packing firewood, and passing through all the possible hazards.
Avalability of Social Amenities
Government of various African countries should make it a point of duty to make social amenities, such as clean water supply, good roads, healthcare facilities available and accessible by the common man.
If the various Governments in Africa, can provide the above for its citizens, there is going to be a sure reduction in death due to inefficient energy supply.
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